Day Three of this great Superyacht Cup regatta in Palma looked like a challenge – the dockside felt quiet in the morning with not enough wind and the organisers briefed the skippers that we may have to have a downwind start to let them place the racing area where they could find wind. They need not have worried – as the fleet headed out late morning, the sea breeze started to kick in and by the time of the starts at 1300 hours we had almost perfect conditions of 12-15 knots, flat water and blue skies.
Having set the idea of a downwind start, the race management pressed ahead with this plan and set a really interesting course of 25 miles with a “leeward-windward” and then two triangles before a great run into the finish. In Class C, Maegan needed to be 20 minutes clear ahead on the water of Clan VIII – the 45m Perini – to beat her in this c3.5 hour race and despite Maegan's best efforts, Clan VIII crept in ~17 mins behind Maegan to take the silver for today’s race on handicap. A close battle for second place between Maegan and Maria Cattiva – a 40m Bruce King Classic sloop – proved important for Maegan. Beating Maria Cattiva by just 40 seconds on corrected time, Maegan’s overall points for Class C settled at 6 points, one ahead of Clan VIII on 7 points.
A great win for Maegan in the largest Class in this event – 9 yachts out of the 21 were in Class C and using a formula developed by the Royal Yacht Squadron to recognise the extra effort needed to win against 8 others - compared with Class B of 7 yachts and Class A of 5 yachts - Maegan was placed second overall behind Marie - who won Class A with three first places and won the regatta overall.
The helmsman, the tactician and navigator toughing out the race conditions in Maegan.
Not only was this a great achievement for Oyster and Maegan, beating great and well-known yachts such as Ganesha, Saudade, P2, the new light displacement Southern Wind 94 Kiboko and the Wally Cento Open Season – to name a few – it was also a success for the new Superyacht handicap rule which makes this sort of racing happen.
With 35 yachts built by Oyster over 80ft, we are sure that we will now start to see many more of our yachts enjoying the Superyacht circuit which combines a great social scene and great racing.
Watch this space for more news!